Artist ships glass boxes inside FedEx boxes


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/01/05/artist-ships-glass-boxes-insid.html


#2

Anyone have any further info on his claims that FedEx boxes are a “proprietary volume”? First couple of pages of google results just comes back to articles on Beshty. Box Dimensions seem a little bit too basic to be given a design patent.


#3

Why would you ship anything fragile without extra padding ever, regardless of the carrier/box?


#4

isn’t the whole deal of the artist’s work the broken glass? (follow-up question: has the artist the copyright or the FedEx employee mishandling the box?)


#5

After being let go by American Tourister, FedEx employed this individual:


#6

I don’t think you could actually patent the size of a box. You could patent the system that includes the carriers, the layout and organization of the boxes within the carrier, which would include the dimensions as a part of the system.

Carriers are sized to fit the aircraft they are transported in-- while each carrier fits a different sized aircraft (from the Cessna 208 to the McDonnell-Douglas MD-11) they are designed to hold the same sized boxes-- and the boxes are sized to fit within the carriers without filler or packing-- they actually ship EMPTY BOXES to fill out a partially-loaded container.

This is why you HAVE to use the FedEx boxes, and why they give them to you for free-- they are an integral part of the system.


#7

That makes a little more sense. Cheers for the explanation.
Can’t really hold it against the artist for being a little disingenuous for artistic effect I guess.


#8

I’d like to see the art-handler who accidentally cracked Duchamp’s “The Bride Stripped Bare…” seek compensation for co-authorship. Duchamp probably would’ve at least entertained the argument, too.


#9

someone will buy the resulting “art” maybe


#10

I do Kintsugi…these images excite me…


#11

Frankly the glass is in better shape than I would have expected.


#12

Oh, I forgot one thing. Ever wonder why the Post Office has special boxes for Priority Mail and Priority Express? Guess who’s carrying them.


#13

It’s art. It is SUPPOSED to have random cracks.


#14

Psssst…just trying to salvage a failed ant farm venture!


#15

OK, that’s disturbing.


#16

This makes sense, FedEx has copyrighted the use of volume in their system, but not the actual volume of space anywhere else in the universe. For example, I can ship a FedEx box via UPS if I so choose to pay for it.


#17

I think what he means by “proprietary” in this case is similar to Starbucks Venti=20 ounces. He found it interesting that “Large Box” etc. were terms used by this proprietor to mean very specific dimensions (no larger or smaller). It was FedEx’s arbitrary measurement of what constituted a “Large Box” and so on that I think inspired packing them with glass boxes that exactly met those dimensions.

Or something.


#18

I get that it’s supposed to be art, but he also wants to “comment on the “perversity of a corporation owning a shape,””. It’s the latter part that confuses me. You can do the same with standardized boxes.


#19

lol “art”


#20

like every other human endeavor, art is a scam: "Acquire Now: 14,000 USD "